#NYR Christensen will travel with Whale to Norfolk; said he's excited about playing hockey again. Been a tough stretch for him mentallyChristensen told Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants that he just wants to play hockey, "I love hockey. That’s more the point, I just want to play hockey. I understand there are things I need to work on but I just want to be on the ice. I’m excited to get some games again.”
— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) January 11, 2012
Update: 1:46PM: In regards to Wojtek Wolski, Katie Strang says that the team has discussed the possibility with him, but they need to keep him with the team in case Brandon Dubinsky can't go tomorrow.
New York, January 11, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that forward Erik Christensen has been assigned to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL) on a conditioning stint.
Christensen, 28, has registered one goal and four assists for five points in 20 games this season. He recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in a three-game span from October 31 vs. San Jose to November 5 vs. Montreal. Christensen is tied for third in the NHL all-time in shootout game-deciding goals (11), ranks ninth in shootout goals (24) and ranks fifth in shootout shooting percentage (52.2%) among active skaters with at least 10 shootout attempts. He has not dressed in 20 games this season, including each of the last 10 contests. His last appearance was on December 17 at Phoenix.
The Edmonton, Alberta native was acquired by the Rangers on December 2, 2009, claiming him off waivers from Anaheim. He was originally selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins as a third round choice, 69th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.